GCAA holds Safety Workshop with Emirates General July 10, 2012July 28, 20120 WAM Dubai: In line with the General Civil Aviation Authority’s (GCAA) State Safety Program, GCAA and Emirates Airline Safety Workshop was held at Emirates Headquarter recently. The workshop, which was well attended by members from both sides, is a part of GCAA’s safety initiative in support of State Safety Programme (SSP) implementation. Saif Mohammed Al Suwaidi, Director General of GCAA, mentioned that the UAE is among the leading states internationally in the active participation and implementation of State Safety Program. He added that UAE was appointed by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to be part of an international group to promote the implementation of SSP. Ismaeil Mohammed Al Balooshi, Executive Director, Aviation Safety Affairs Sector, in his opening address underlined the importance of SSP as an umbrella for managing aviation safety within UAE. He assured the audience that GCAA is fully committed to development of safety management system (SMS) across the industry. He stressed the need for frequent engagement with industry which is essential for ensuring effective implementation of Safety Management System. He also emphasized that success of SSP will depend on the quality of SMS data integration with the stake holders. The audience was briefed on the achievements made so far in the development of SSP as well as the importance of identifying hazards and reporting of hazards by the airline operators to the regulator. Emirates Airlines Safety Group also presented their roles and tasks followed by their current practices with respect to procedures for identifying safety objectives.